September 3, 2005

Roads Not Taken

It is amazing to me how warm and cozy a king-sized bed can feel sometimes while at other times it can be a large expanse of solitude. This morning was a large bed feeling. Before I was really awake, I stretched my legs seeking a little toe snuggle but ended up with my lonely left foot snuggling my lonely right foot. Not exactly what I had in mind.

I did some blog surfing this morning. It's all Katrina, no real surprise. There seem to be three distinct tones: those who share where and how to help, those who intensely criticize the lack of response by our federal government, and those who defend the government vehemently. One unifying thread that runs among them all is anger, just the target of the anger varies.

Fingers can be pointed in so many directions, but to what end? Part of me thinks, "STFU and let's work together to help these people! This should not about politics!"

But unfortunately it is about politics and will go down in history as such.

Government of the people, for the people, by the people---my ass!
Our country is horribly off track.

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6 comments:

SassyFemme said...

I think that in one way or another, everything seems to boil down to being about politics, whether it should be or not.

A bed, no matter what the size, without the one we love, is a very empty place. When Fran's been out of town on business trips, I can only sleep if I'm on her side.

I Am The Walrus said...

Thanks for the post, I have been unable to even talk about it without foam forming in the corners of my mouth and my blood pressure going through the roof.

Elizabeth said...

STFU? Are you some kind of Commie Pinko Taliban Ruskie French person? This is America. We may not all be rich but most of us have at least two cents.

There is a lot of help going on. It was a great idea and a true show of state cooperation for the Houston Astrodome to be opened to LA evacuees. There is A LOT of little help going on around here that no one will ever know about because it’s not shocking and sensational. It’s quiet and deliberate.

The Astrodome had to start turning down donations because of the overflow. We went to Costco yesterday and bought some supplies for a co-worker of Max’s who lost her home in NO and now has 20 displaced relatives living in her Houston apartment. The same co-worker was given $100 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards. Friends of ours opened their home to a gay couple who lost their home. Little stories.

Help was out there and was poised from the start. I know of an LA businessman who loaded up a U-Haul full of food and water but was stopped on his way into NO. People wanted to help the question is, why did it take so long? Why was the effort so chaotic? How can you shut up about that? Those people at the Convention Center were accessible by dry roads? They weren’t surrounded by water. Why wasn’t help sent in right away? It boggles the mind and it’s very difficult to be quiet about it.

I will, however, refrain from my usual rant about how HORRIBLE Louisiana drivers are. I will not go on about how they are VOODOO drivers possessed by Marie Laveaux and have no rhyme or reason to their driving patterns like someone somewhere is sticking a needle in them and telling them ‘slooooww down…no wait!...spppeeeeedddd up’. I will be nice and not give them the WTF? look whenever I pass them on the freeway. I’m all about compassion when it comes to natural disasters.

P.S. - When Max is away sometimes I sleep on the couch. I don't like the big bed thing.

WordsRock said...

Well eb, my STFU reaction comes from people standing around calling for action instead of taking action. It's not directed at the common everyday helpful Americans like you (good on you, btw) but rather those who are responsible for getting aid to the area. Enough with the photo ops for political gain! You know what I mean. There will be plenty of time for talk after the people are safe.

It's just so fucked up. I cannot make sense of it.

Elizabeth said...

I totally agree and I'm very angry at our government right now, on ALL levels, but you were talking about bloggers in your first post.

Bent Fabric said...

Well eb, my STFU reaction comes from people standing around calling for action instead of taking action. It's not directed at the common everyday helpful Americans like you (good on you, btw) but rather those who are responsible for getting aid to the area. Enough with the photo ops for political gain! You know what I mean. There will be plenty of time for talk after the people are safe.

It's just so fucked up. I cannot make sense of it.


Those are my sentiments, too.